And now, a big round of applause for this weeks featured Etsian... AllieBeans!
Sally: What time of day do you work best and why?
Allie: I work best at night (even though I should be sleeping), only because that's the only time I have available for my little shop! I work full-time during the week at an architecture firm in downtown San Francisco, which doesn't leave me much time in the evenings to play! I do manage to squeeze in a few hours on the weekends in between errands, but mostly in the evenings. Once I get going, I don't ever want to stop - so there have been many mornings where I look like a panda bear!
Sally: Who do you market to? Who do you see buying your work? Allie: My customers are mostly women between the ages of 18-60, which is great because it gives me a wide variety of customers! No matter what age you are, you can't help but love cute little animal prints! I also get a lot of mom's who buy gifts for themselves and their kids - which is so cute to imagine a family with matching pouches! This past month has seen quite a few men buying gifts for their girlfriends too, which I think is awesome! I didn't think there were that many men who shopped on Etsy!
Sally: What item do you like to work on the most and why? Allie: I love making my porta-pouches! It's a design that I came up with about 6 months ago, because it was something that I wanted to use myself! I would guess that it is my most popular item now! It's my favorite item to work on because even though it is a little complicated to make, with all the little pieces that make up the pouch, putting on that last snap piece is just so satisfying when everything comes together.
Sally: What is your favorite beverage while you work? Allie: I have to confess that I am a bit of a camel. I don't drink much liquid! I can go through a day without drinking anything - which is a habit should probably put a stop to. But if I had to choose on beverage, I guess I'd pick water!
Sally: What is something that you don’t do well that you’d like to do better? Allie: Time management. Given the little amount of time I have to work on my shop, I wish I was able to manage my time better. I often get carried away doing one thing and leaving no time for the other things on my plate. This results in a very hectic person running around at the last minute trying to complete everything before the sun comes up! I've tried solving this problem by making lists, and making sure that I only complete what I've written on my list and not more, so that I leave time for the other things and a bit of sleep too.
Sally: What do you listen to while you work? While you don’t work? Allie: I know a lot of people will cringe, but I gotta love my country music! I usually have my country pandora station going while I work, or just one of my iTunes playlists. I don't mind working in silence, but a little bit of music pumps me up especially when it gets late!
Sally: Do you have any deals or promos to share? I'd love to offer all nightowlcraftworks readers a 10% discount (before shipping) on any item in the shop until the end of November! Just mention "nightowl" in the Notes to Seller box and I will refund you the discount via Paypal once payment has been received!
Thank you so much for being so gracious and being a part of this blog, Allie! You've been a joy to work with, and I admire your shop & you so much! Your work is amazing! I think my readers will agree! I hope you all enjoy reading about Allie & her shop... http://www.etsy.com/shop/alliebeans... as much as I enjoyed interviewing her!